About FERC Office of External Affairs
What We Do
The Office of External Affairs (OEA) is led by Office Director Leonard Tao and Acting Deputy Director Chris Murray. Under their direction this office is the Commission's primary contact point with the Congress, the public, international, federal, state, and local government offices, interest groups, and the news media. It is responsible for developing public relations and other outreach strategies for the Commission.
The Office of External Affairs is comprised of:
- State, International and Public Affairs Division
Commission's liaison with state and local governments, international governments, trade associations, energy markets (RTOs and ISOs) and regulated industry Read More.
- Government Affairs Division
Commission's liaison with the Congress and Federal government departments and agencies. It is responsible for developing and maintaining an effective working relationship with the Senate, the House of Representatives, Congressional committees and Committee staff, and Federal government departments and agencies Read More.
- Media Relations Division
Responsible for all communication with the press and media. In addition, responsible for the Commissionís internet and intranet web sites and social media. Read More.
- Administration & Operations Staff
Responsible for providing and coordinating administrative, personnel and management support services; prepares special ad hoc studies, analyses and/or reports as required; and provides advisory and implementation support in the development of policy and procedures encompassing any of the OEA program responsibilities Read More.
OEA Organization Chart
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